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Edgar Illas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318320

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317873

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Olympic Specters at the End of History

Olympic Specters at the End of History

(p.24) Chapter One Olympic Specters at the End of History
Thinking Barcelona
Liverpool University Press

This chapter concentrates on specters of the past that might have haunted the euphoric politics of Barcelona. It presents a brief look at the turbulent history of modern Barcelona. It investigates Eduardo Mendoza's La ciudad de los prodigios and its portrait of the historical specters of the Universal Exhibition of 1888 and the International Exhibition of 1929. The link between democracy and the free market in Spain, the consolidation of the new stage of capitalism, and the redefinition of space in postmodernity are analysed. This chapter suggests that Mendoza's novel uncovers the spectralisation of the present.

Keywords:   specters, Barcelona, Eduardo Mendoza, La ciudad de los prodigios, Universal Exhibition of 1888, International Exhibition of 1929, democracy, Spain, capitalism, free market

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